Chess players at Richmond tourney range from ages 6 to 74

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Thirty-six community members participated in the 6th Annual Spring Classic Community Tournament last Saturday, ranging in age from 6 years old to 74, according to city officials.

On Saturday, May 19, the chess players competed in an afternoon of chess sponsored by the Richmond Community Service Department and the West Coast Chess Alliance.

It is part of a broader effort to increase chess presence in Richmond and West County, said TC Ball, director of the West Coast Chess Alliance. The tournament was funded by the Richmond’s CSD Mini Grant Program and is a Fiscal Project of the Ed Fund, according to the city.

“Our community chess tournaments are unique in several ways,” Ball said. “One important way is that they are designed to bring the whole chess community together and are really family oriented.  We had several fathers – son, a grandfather – grandson and a father – daughters competing together, making it a truly family affair and it was free.” Which makes playing chess accessible to all Richmond residences.”

The “chess community engagement model” that has developed many free, family-oriented events in Richmond is now being duplicated in the cites of Oakland, San Pablo and Suisun. 

Here are last weekend’s tournament winners and their trophies.

Photos courtesy of the West Coast Chess Alliance.

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